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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Toulon’s nightmare speaks to French woes, Saracens are miles ahead of the pack and Freddie Burns had a weekend to forgetIt seemed as if all talking points would have to revolve around the 52-3 destruction on Friday night of the former multiple champion…

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Newcastle stand firm in Toulon to seal remarkable comeback triumph

• Toulon 25-26 Newcastle• Visitors fight back from early 10-point deficitNewcastle kickstarted their Champions Cup campaign with a stunning victory against the three-times European champions Toulon on their own patch, becoming only the second side to d…

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French rugby soul-searches before Newcastle’s visit to Toulon | The Breakdown

Europe has not always been the country’s priority and there are concerns over the health of the game at home, but France’s clubs still tend to shine in the Champions CupNewcastle’s last appearance in the European Cup was against Stade Français in Paris…

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England’s finest seek Champions Cup atonement at feet of Leinster | Paul Rees

Wasps have the first shot at the imposing holders in Dublin on Friday but Saracens look ready to wrest back the trophyThe pressing question in European rugby union as the Champions Cup starts is how do you stop Leinster winning it for a record fifth ti…

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Dan Carter rolls back years while Pro14 dominance leaves England on outside | Paul Rees

Former All Black is gunning for European Champions Cup glory before he goes to Japan but obdurate Munster stand in his wayRacing is not a word associated with Dan Carter’s running style, which is more a languid glide as he assesses his options with def…

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Andrew Conway’s late try sends Munster into Champions Cup semis

• Munster 20-19 Toulon• Winners will face Clermont or Racing 92 in semi-finalMunster had quick-thinking scrum-half Conor Murray and winger Andrew Conway to thank for a thrilling 20-19 victory over three-times winners Toulon on Saturday which booked th…

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Dave Attwood: ‘If you’d asked me if I was going to Toulon I’d have laughed in your face’

The Bath second-row has been emotionally drained by a knee injury but hopes his loan move to France will provide a new lease of lifeDave Attwood felt like a fraud. He has given nearly seven years of service to Bath and is aware he was not thinking rati…

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Dan Jones inspires Scarlets to edge past Toulon and into knockout rounds

• Scarlets 30-27 Toulon• Welsh side into knockout stage for first time since 2007The Scarlets, playing before the biggest crowd in the Champions Cup here, are known for their silky qualities but it was the steel they showed in defending a slender lead …

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France’s Mathieu Bastareaud could miss Six Nations after slur allegation

• TV footage appeared to show Toulon captain uttering homophobic slur• Lengthy ban possible after incident during match against BenettonThe Toulon captain, Mathieu Bastareaud, could face a lengthy suspension after television footage appeared to show hi…

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European Champions Cup: pool-by-pool guide to the weekend games

• Leinster’s Seán O’Brien to miss start of Six Nations after hip operation• Liam Williams starts for Saracens in make-or-break trip to OspreysChris Robshaw is absent from the Harlequins team to face Wasps after picking up what the club have described a…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s European action

Of the five Champions Cup groups, Pool 5 looks like going down to the final weekend – with one point separating the top three: Bath, Toulon and ScarletsTake nothing away from Wasps’ hugely impressive victory against La Rochelle but the absence of Victo…

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Anthony Watson double sinks Toulon in Champions Cup to take Bath top

• Pool 5: Bath 26-21 Toulon• Home side hold firm despite late rally from visitorsBath showed heart in defeat in Toulon last week but here a pacemaker made the difference. The England head coach, Eddie Jones, was among the spectators as Anthony Watson, …

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s European action

La Rochelle shine on the biggest stage, England’s finest freeze and the Welsh dragon roars as crunch time approaches in Champions CupHave a side ever taken to Europe as well as La Rochelle? It is supposed to require years of failure and frustration – o…

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Bath fear Taulupe Faletau may be set for long injury layoff

• No8 taken out by Toulon’s Mathieu Bastareaud in Champions Cup defeat• ‘He has medial ligament damage and it does not look good’Bath fear their Wales No8, Taulupe Faletau, will be out of action for a number of weeks after he sustained a knee ligament …

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Bath denied by Toulon in Champions Cup as Anthony Belleau bags late try

• Toulon 24-20 Bath• French side come from behind to go three points clear in Pool 5Bath’s away form had, until last weekend’s journey down the M5 to Exeter, been impressive, with victories at Leicester, Wasps and the Scarlets. They were within four mi…

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Cian Healy punishes wasteful Glasgow as Munster hang on against Racing 92

• Warriors’ hopes effectively ended by 34-18 defeat to Leinster• Tries by Conor Murray and Andrew Conway clinch Munster’s 14-7 winTwo Cian Healy tries subjected Glasgow to another harsh lesson in European rugby as they lost 34-18 at home to Leinster. W…

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Mark McCall rules out a Test job and is keen to extend stay with Saracens

• Club’s director of rugby also distances himself from 2021 Lions position• Toulon claim Rhys Webb has already signed for them for next yearMark McCall has in effect ruled himself out of contention to take over as England or Ireland head coach in 2019 …

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Bitter-sweet return for Leigh Halfpenny as Scarlets lose at Toulon

• Toulon 21-20 Scarlets• Halfpenny registers 15 points but late penalty miss proves costlyLeigh Halfpenny scored 15 points on his return to Toulon, but his penalty miss 10 minutes from the end cost the Welsh region, who had lost their previous nine awa…

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Explosive Fijians can forge French renaissance in European Champions Cup | Robert Kitson

Semi Radradra and Josua Tuisova at Toulon, Clermont’s Alivereti Raka and Levani Botia of La Rochelle are among an exhilarating cast set to take centre stage

With the 2017‑18 European rugby season about to start, here is one for you: how many of France’s formidably wealthy, massively well-stocked clubs have lifted the continent’s grandest prize this century? The answer, remarkably, is just two: Toulouse and Toulon. The heavy mob of Clermont Auvergne, Racing 92, Montpellier and co are all still waiting to crack the code.

Even a side like Castres, who consistently punch above their weight in the Top 14, contrive to underperform year in year out in Europe, reaching the knockout stages once in 13 attempts and failing to win any of their past 10 games against Irish opposition. The allegation has long been that, deep down, hoisting the French title seems more of a priority. Whether it is the extra travel, the slight shift in game tempo, a greater emphasis on away results or a relative lack of interest, the middle-ranking French sides have traditionally flattered to deceive.

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Ex-Bath and England coach Mike Ford joins Dallas in US Major League Rugby

  • Coach most recently with Toulon signs ‘long-term contract’ in new league
  • MLR aims to begin play in spring 2018 as competitions jostle for US success

The former Bath, England and Lions coach Mike Ford has signed with the Dallas Griffins, one of nine teams forming Major League Rugby, a US competition which aims to begin play in 2018.

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